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Photography Technique / Re: California Travel Advice
« on: March 31, 2014, 11:27:53 PM »
Night time at the Griffith Observatory in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles. Take your tripod, awesome panoramic shot of Los Angeles.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon USA Rebates End March 29, 2014
« on: March 28, 2014, 08:50:58 PM »
Picked up a 24 f/1.4L II for landscapes. Arrived today. I will check the focus tomorrow and head out to shoot some pics.  I wish I would have had it yesterday, lots of lightning last night.

Animal Kingdom / Re: DragonFly Series
« on: March 28, 2014, 08:45:54 PM »
Great pics.  If you want to get close to them while they are perched, go out early on a cool morning in the summer.  They sit very still until the sun comes up and warms them up. Take a flash with a diffuser or a reflector to get some light on them.  A bonus is that many times they have dew on them as well that can make the pic interesting.  The one I show here was during the day.  He just happened to land on a wood stake next to my chair while I was out shooting hummingbirds. 

I have both.  I primarily use the 135 for indoor sports such as basketball and volleyball.  That extra stop of light helps out a bunch when you need a fast shutter speed, especially for volleyball in a not so well lit gymnasium.

Technical Support / Re: Lightboxes, umbrellas, stands, etc.........
« on: March 07, 2014, 11:32:58 PM »
Thanks for all the feedback.  I've been watching quite a bit of video and reading about different set-ups. Not going to pull the trigger on soft boxes, stands, etc. until I attend a couple live seminars/model shoots over the next couple of months. That will give me some hands on time with some different products that will really help in making decisions.

Technical Support / Re: Lightboxes, umbrellas, stands, etc.........
« on: March 04, 2014, 06:12:29 PM »
I really recommend you buy a copy of Syl Arena's Speedliter's Handbook before buying anything else!

I have a pair of 24" Ezyboxes, and a 12x48" stripbox.  They're all very robust, the Ezyboxes are easier to set up (they just spring open and you attach the diffusion panel(s) with Velcro.  That size (up to ~600 in2 surface area) is about as big as you'd want to go with a single Speedlite.  Bigger modifiers need a monolight or a bracket to hold multiple flashes. For the 24" boxes, I have the fabric grids to limit spill, and one set of shaped diffusers (I really only use the round one, for catchlight shape).

For the light stands, as with everything, there are cheaper and more expensive ways to go.  For outdoor use, you'll want something tall, and strong enough to take a sandbag on the base (softboxes can catch the wind like a sail, although umbrellas are worse).  I have several Manfrotto light stands (two each of 1052BAC, 1051BAC, and 1004BAC). The 1051 is indoor only (small footprint), the 1052 is ~8', likely still short for outdoor use.  All of them are robust, they fold flat (vs. round like a tripod) for easy transport/storage, and stands of the same size lock together when folded. 

One stand you might consider is the Manfrotto 420B - it's a combination light stand (12') and boom.  A boom is great because you can get a light out over the subject, and the Combi Boom lets you do that when you need to, and works as a normal light stand otherwise.  The only reason I don't have one is that I have the Manfrotto 024 boom, which I mount on a 1004BAC and sometimes use to hold a monolight.  The 420B will hold a Speedlite and 24" box fine.

Thanks.  I watched a couple of hours of Syl Arena's videos online last week one day.  Very good info.  He had a question about a new book and apparently he is working on one with regard to the new 600ex-rt. I've been looking at Manfrotto stands and they do have some very good reviews.  I like your idea about making at least one of them a boom stand. I will probably start off with one stand and box and start playing around with that and see where it goes from there. I'm looking forward to the Canon sponsored class this May in St Louis that is all about flash and includes a live model shoot.  I should pick up some good info from this. 

Technical Support / Lightboxes, umbrellas, stands, etc.........
« on: March 03, 2014, 05:37:31 PM »
I haven't done much flash photography at all and this is the year I've decided to delve into it.  I recently acquired 3-600EX-RT flashes and the ST-E3-RT transmitter.  I've been playing around with them and will be taking a Canon Sponsored class on their use in my area in May.  The thing I need now is flash stands, umbrellas and/or light boxes, etc. to use with them.  I plan to use my flashes primarily for fill for indoor and outdoor portraits.  I will also use them to add light to macro shots that I take, indoor and outdoor as well.  I have no idea where to begin with the purchase of the aforementioned items.  Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks

Sports / Re: Volleyball
« on: February 23, 2014, 12:59:43 PM »
5d MkIII, 135mm f/2, don't have the EXIF data handy at the moment.

Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: February 22, 2014, 05:10:44 PM »

Lenses / Re: Affected with GAS, Gear Acquisition Syndrome
« on: February 22, 2014, 09:26:47 AM »
I've got it as well!  Just ordered two 600EX-RT's and an ST-E3-RT, plus I've got a lens on the way from CPS to eval that I'll probably end up buying.  Let me know if you find a cure for this affliction before Spring actually arrives!

Photography Technique / Re: The Cheapo Camera bag to fool the bad guys.
« on: February 03, 2014, 03:47:12 PM »
Street crooks aren't going to know what that red line is on your lenses.  They just don't know that, they just see a camera and $$ from the pawn shop.   The best thing to do is not put yourself in a situation that may lead to a confrontation in the first place, i.e. lighted areas, crowds of people, etc.  Also, insure your gear!

All that you need are flowers that they like near the hummingbird feeder, a lawn chair, and patience.

Canon General / Re: So what have we bought this Black... Er, Weekend?
« on: November 30, 2013, 09:33:05 PM »
Nothing. Waiting until late Spring to buy a 400mm f/2.8L II!!!

Landscape / Re: My dream world = Grand Canyon-Heaven on earth.
« on: November 23, 2013, 12:51:58 PM »
Back in 2004 I took an 8 day float trip through the Canyon from beginning to end. You see it from a whole different perspective from the bottom. Packed my camera gear in Pelican cases that survived the 120+ rapids (many Class V+) we traversed. A trip I would highly recommend to anyone.

Software & Accessories / Re: Photography Gloves for cold weather
« on: November 23, 2013, 12:46:21 PM »
Head to the Sporting Goods dept or store and look at gloves made for winter fishing or bow hunting. The fingerless wool gloves in the picture are for fly fishing and work when it is not real cold. The other are mittens that have a top that folds back to expose your fingers while still slightly protecting them in a velvet like material. These are good for really cold weather and they also have a pocket on the back of the hand part of the mitten to put one of those air activated heat packets in. Very good for putting on your cold cheeks every now and then. The mittens are made for bowhunting.

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